This weekend, La Liga is back with another round of matches featuring a crucial clash between Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Real Betis, who are currently in sixth place in the La Liga standings, have had inconsistent performances in recent weeks. The Andalusian team drew 0-0 against Real Sociedad in their previous game and will have to up their game in this fixture.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are at the top of the league table and have been in excellent form on the domestic front this season. However, the Catalan giants suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Rayo Vallecano in their previous game. They will need to bounce back in this weekend’s game against Real Betis.
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Barcelona-Real Betis match preview
On Saturday night, Barcelona will host Real Betis at Camp Nou, where they will look to recover from their recent 2-1 loss to Rayo Vallecano and continue their domestic campaign with a victory in La Liga. Although the Catalan giants have had a shaky performance in their last few games, they remain on top of the table. They are 11 points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid with seven matches remaining.
Real Betis, on the other hand, are in fifth place and are six points behind Real Sociedad in the race for a top-four finish.
Barcelona has been dominant at home this season, having accumulated 39 points from their 15 matches. This is the best record in Spain’s top flight. Real Betis, on the other hand, have the seventh-best away record, having collected 21 points from their 15 league fixtures.
However, Real Betis has been struggling recently, having only won one of their last five games in the league. Their chances of finishing in the top four have also been hurt as a result of these poor performances.
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Real Betis managed to secure a goalless draw against Real Sociedad on Tuesday night. But it was not enough to propel them to the top four. Real Betis will have two difficult away games against Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao before returning home to face Rayo Vallecano in the middle of next month.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Balde, Kounde, Araujo, Alba; F de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi
Real Betis possible starting lineup:
Silva; Ruibal, Felipe, Pezzella, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Perez, Canales, Henrique; Iglesias
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Barcelona-Real Betis prediction
To maintain their position at the top of the table, Barcelona must recover from their recent loss and utilize their impressive squad. One of their key players, Robert Lewandowski, scored this week and will likely aim to increase his goal count in this match.
Real Betis has proven to be a strong team on some occasions and has caused Barcelona problems in the past. However, based on their squad strength, Barça should be able to secure a victory in this game.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis will be played at Camp Nou on Sunday (April 30) from 12:30 am (IST).